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Home Buying in Winnetka : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jan 24, 2014
Karen Feldman answered:
reading through all your conversations, I'd like to let you know I can send all 4 levels of the floor plan- just provide me with your email -(message privately) thx! it does have 7 br
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Wed Feb 23, 2011
Accurate Inspections & Consulting answered:
I know of a brick ranch by Washington and Skokie valley in Wilmette. Very nice house, fully updated, great kitchen, nice yard, driveway, new garage etc. Owner is looking to put on market this spring sometime but is ready to move. Email me for more info if the location works for your client. ... more
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Sat Nov 20, 2010
Maria and Will Kernahan answered:
Antidotally, Glencoe's taxes trend higher. But that shouldn't be your only criteria in differentiating between the two suburbs. They both are in the New Trier district, both on the train line with an easy commute to the city, both have excellent schools.

In Glencoe, there are three schools: South (elementary) West (middle) and Central (junior high). Cleverly named! The great thing about Glencoe is that every child in Glencoe goes to these schools, making it a close community where everyone knows each other.

Winnetka has a unique school system. It has a Progressive Education system, which is really unlike anything you can find in a public school system. It focuses on indiviualized instruction, hands-on learning and attention to the development of the whole child. Students in the Winnetka system don't recieve letter grades until 7th grade, although there is extensive conferencing and a unique portfolio review by the students. For more information on the Winnetka schools, visit
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Thu Feb 11, 2010
Robin Wilson answered:
Your acquaintance might not be in the business full time, and if that's the case - you might just overpay on your next house. Is that ok with you? If your agent does not know the market, does not tour the opens every week, and is not working 60-80 hours at week at this job, I would go find someone who is. You can't do this job well, part-time. And that's a fact.

Get some referrals from your neighbors and interview the agents who have done great a job for those neighbors. There are common real estate interview questions every full time, in the trench agent, should be able to answer at the drop of a hat. You'll know it when you find it.

If you want a list of the right questions to ask, just get in touch =)
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Tue Dec 15, 2009
Dayle Lively answered:
Hello Hawk,

How do you feel about the relationship you have with the agent marketing your house? Do you feel that he/she has done a good job of advertising your property in print form and on the internet? Are the marketing materials of high quality? Is he/she responsive to your questions and available for consultation, showings and open houses? Did the agent provide accurate & meaningful comparable property data and help you devise an appropriate pricing strategy based on the current market conditions? If the answers to these questions make you believe that your agent is doing a good job of trying to sell your house, then chances are that this person would also work diligently on your behalf to help you in your home search. However, there can be many reasons why people use one agent to sell one house and a different one to help them purchase another home. Usually, listing agreements and buyer representation agreements are two different legal contracts, so unless you signed on for both transactions with your listing agent , you can purchase your new house in any manner you choose. The buying experience is usually better for people if they enlist the services of a knowledgeable agent, so if you don't want to use your listing agent, there are many fine local professionals willing and able to help you.

Regarding the home you visited and liked--first, I would hesitate to make a judgment about the agent who didn't show up--could have been H1N1 or some other unforeseen problem. I'm assuming that another agent or the sellers themselves held the house open for the listing agent, as the law requires a licensed agent or the property owners to host any open house open to the public.

Since the homeowners have entered into a listing agreement with an agent, they are legally obligated to pay the full commission upon closing.--regardless of who is representing the buyers. If you have no licensed agent representing you, then the full commission goes to the listing agent. If you wait for the listing to expire with the idea of then approaching the sellers directly, then you should realize that there's usually a "protection period" following the expiration of a listing during which the sellers are still obligated to pay the listing agent the commission if they sell the house to someone who saw the property during the time the home was listed. I think you can understand why this element is added to listing agreements. People in every profession expect to be compensated for the time, money and effort they spend doing a job.

Good luck with both your sale and your home search!

Dayle Lively

Baird & Warner
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Thu Jul 16, 2009
Bill Eckler answered:
Hi Laurie,

What was the extent of your involvement with the initial agent? Did you enter into an agreement to work with him/her?

If you have not done anything to declare an exclusive relationship with this agent you should be free to work with anyone you desire. Our recommendation is to be upfront with the agent, telling them that you are interested in their property, however you have a relationship with a real estate professional you need to honor. ... more
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Wed Apr 30, 2008
Juan M Cepeda answered:
I am not a realtor, but because of the reason you stated Winnetka has more potential. To be sure ask a realtor. I hope you find something you like and as always feel free to contact me for financing options. ... more
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